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State of Montana ARPA Grant Program Specialist Lead - 56530 in Helena, Montana

This position is a "Modified" position during the life of the ARPA program. December 31, 2024, is the estimated end date for this program. DIVISION OVERVIEW: The Conservation and Resource Development Division/(CARDD) is a division within the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation,/responsible for providing technical and financial assistance to local governments, state agencies and private citizens for conservation, development, protection and management of the state's natural resources. The DNRC believes employees are their most valuable asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are suppose and sustained. PROGRAM OVERVIEW: *The American Rescue Plan Act Grant Coordinator within CARDD administers the multimillion-dollar grant program (“Program”) which will deliver millions in water and sewer projects to the State of Montana. *PURPOSE: *Programs provide services to local governments, state agencies for water and sewer projects in the State of Montana. Oversees program policies, program requirements, funding sources, budgets, data analysis and reporting requirements. *JOB OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for Grant Management which involves negotiating and preparing contracts for each funded project including the development of individual project specifications, scope of work, budget, schedule, and work plan. This person will monitor compliance with the terms of the contracts, applicable statutes, rules and policies, and procurement requirements. These duties are performed through site visits, correspondence with the project sponsor, review of quarterly reports and reimbursement requests. Perform outreach, training and informational activities to promote the Program for successful implementation of projects. This person will also solicit applications and provide technical assistance. This includes providing information and responses to the public, legislators, and the news media on the activities, merits, goals and objectives of the program, developing written informational materials, facilitating public meetings and presentations to potential applicants to encourage participation. Responsible for regulatory compliance, and all reporting. As the Program Specialist Lead this person is responsible for preparing program funding and budgets to achieve program objectives in compliance with funding requirements. Provide direction in the budget process by reviewing allocations and expenditures, develop recommendations for review and approval by Agency management, the governor and legislature. This person will participate int he legislative process to represent the Program and the Agency on administrative, technical and financial issues. Responsible for determining the needs for public outreach. This person will track and report Program accomplishments. Demonstrate the success fo the Program's Effectiveness and Efficiency. Establish and account for overall responsibilities and allocation of staff resources within the Program at DNRC. Recommend and justify requests for additional personnel as necessary and aid in the recruitment and selection processes. Develop Program Policy and Guidelines: Formulate and prepare grant application guidelines to ensure they reflect Program objectives and statutory criteria. Develop project tracking criteria that meet legislative intent, legal statutes, Agency policy and environmental statutes. This person will also develop contracting and performance monitoring procedures according to state law and environmental protocols. Advise Agency staff on program policy, procedure, and administration. The employee must consider both the legal requirements of specific contracts and contracting procedures in general. /These job functions are the essential duties of the position and are not all-inclusive of all the duties that may be assigned to the incumbent. */ *APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance. REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR THIS POSITION ARE: 1. Cover Letter 2. Resume 3. References Late or incomplete application materials will be rejected. Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience): * 1. A bachelor’s degree with major study in physical science, biology, natural resource management, engineering, industrial hygiene, or public administration. 2. Four years’ experience in natural resource management or grant administration. 3. One year of supervisory or lead worker experience. 4. Other combinations of education or experience may be substituted. *Physical and Environmental Demands: 1. General office work setting with occasional travel to remote locations of projects to oversee progress or conduct field work. Core Competencies: 1. Public Administration 2. Natural Resource knowledge. 3. Leadership and Collaboration Job: Project/Program Management* *Title: *ARPA Grant Program Specialist Lead - 56530 Location: Helena Requisition ID: 21141001